No joke -Brits admire us for being out and proud about our roots

By Michael Goldfarb, July 4, 2014

The old ones are still the best ones.

"When the boat from Hamburg docked in London (or Liverpool or Glasgow), my grandfather (great-grandfather nowadays) asked, is this New York? Someone told him, yes, so he got off and that's why we live in Britain."


In the face of death, we remember the redemptive power of love

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 3, 2014

"This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live" (Deuteronomy 30:19).


Thanks for nothing, RIBA. Zero.

By Stephen Pollard, July 3, 2014

A few years ago I was mugged at the bottom of the escalators at Charing Cross Station. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the young men responsible.

They could so easily have gone further and slashed me with a knife, or given my head a kicking. As it was, all they did was push me over and grab my wallet.


We're having Brazil for Friday night dinner

By Jose Pekerman, July 3, 2014

I think some of you were not expecting to see my punim again in the JC. After all Uruguay was powerful opponent even without diablo Suarez and Los Cafeteros (the Coffee Makers as we are known) are a small country with little previous success in the Mondial.

But we have El Nuevo Pibe - the new kid, James Rodrigues - a boy who makes Christiano Ronaldo look as graceful as Andy Carroll on ice.


David's lyre in a London shul

By James Inverne, June 26, 2014

We have, musically speaking, been punching below our weight. It feels as though something is missing from the UK Jewish community. Not talent, to be sure - there are plenty of top Jewish musicians to be found in our cities every day, from Murray Perahia to young Benjamin Wallfisch, son of the cellist Raphael and an increasingly successful conductor and film composer.


Living a true life outside Israel

By Jake Wallis Simons, June 26, 2014

It is an old cliché that Jews should have a packed suitcase by the door. But now, it seems, European Jewry has decided that the time has come to put the suitcase to good use.


There's just no time anymore

By Simon Round, June 26, 2014

Between the World Cup and Wimbledon it has been tricky to find time to get everything done. Obviously I need to work but showering is optional and fortunately the children are resigned to eating cheese sandwiches and biscuits for a few weeks.

However, choosing between the football and the tennis has been tricky.


Why I'll never be caught singing 'I belong to Glasto'

By Abigail Radnor, June 26, 2014

There are times in life when I refuse to conform to stereotype. For instance, battling with Ikea furniture, wounds from which are still fresh after a recent move.


How to be an alien on Earth

By Devorah Blachor, June 26, 2014

In my early 20s, I fantasised about getting paid to write fiction. I imagined I'd get a job that involved little work but required me to sit in front of a computer all day. I'd write my first novel while taking home a paycheck.


Mud made me stay in Israel

By Matt Rees, June 20, 2014

I cancelled my plans to quit Israel last week. Not for the first time. I came here intending to stay three months. This week I'll mark my 19th year in Jerusalem.

My wife and I had planned to take the kids off to her native New York this month, to live in a leafy suburb by the Hudson River with all the predictability and convenience of American life.